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Is Windows 8 Turning Your Desktop into a Mobile Device?

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Is Windows 8 Turning Your Desktop into a Mobile Device?
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Microsoft is on top of the world right now–well, at the top of the tech section of Google News, anyway–after it unveiled its Metro user interface design. While reaction has been generally positive, there’s another side of the coin that doesn’t understand why Microsoft is turning Windows 8, especially the desktop version, into a mobile phone interface.

It should be noted, Microsoft’s strategy of trying attracting those who do their computer business on mobile devices makes sense, but does the operating system have to sell its soul, especially after the success of Windows 7, to do so? Not everyone agrees with Microsoft’s rosy outlook. As indicated, the new user interface, called “Metro,” was debuted this week, and for an example of how it works, watch the following video, which also supports the changing the desktop interface look and feel into a mobile device environment:


My first impression after seeing that is the start menu is entirely too bulky and convoluted, but, it appears as if that was the strategy all along, especially once you consider Microsoft has already admitted tablet computing had a direct influence on the Windows 8 design. With that in mind, to this writer, the Metro interface does not look, nor does it feel like a Windows environment, regardless of Metro’s social networking power. Over at PC Magazine, John Dvorak was much more direct with his reaction:

First of all, the interface should be renamed Microsoft “Kiosk,” because that seems to be the source of its inspiration. Then again, it reminds me of the Nintendo Wii, only with higher resolution. It also looks like it wants to blast ads at you.

That’s not the most glowing reaction. Maybe Dvorak’s impression improves as he continues:

I can only reason that the company jumped to put the Phone 7 interface on the desktop because Steve Jobs hinted that he was going to put the iOS interface on the Mac—a bluff to confuse Microsoft. Ford once did this when it pre-announced a six-door SUV that it never produced, hoping to catch GM off guard. At some point it’s a suckers game.

And that would be a big “no.” Are Dvorak’s criticisms warranted? Is Microsoft risking it’s position of desktop dominance with such a departure from the norm? Will the new Metro interface make Windows 8 dead on arrival, regardless of how well it shares images? Let us know what you think.

Is Windows 8 Turning Your Desktop into a Mobile Device?


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  • 1stkorean

    Currently in Windows 8 Developer Preview if the Metro UI is found to be confusing or annoying a simple registry hack will disableturn Metro and enable the Classic Desktop and Start Menu.

    here it is;

    Open regedit and navigate to

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    On the Right side find RPEnabled and change its value from “1” to “0” (without the “)

    Restart your system.

  • http://www.unizikforum.com mr. o. Dika

    i strongly advice for an upgrade on windows 8. it can be annoying sometimes.

  • http://annsoftcoder.com/ anik islam abhi

    this interface will dump all the version of widnows before :)

  • wb

    Look at everything Dvorak wrote about Microsoft, you got the idea what he is up to.

  • http://www.TheOkayNetwork.com Steven

    Why the hell is Microsoft trying to turn my desktop into my phone?

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